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"Mio nipote guardava gli animali nello zoo."

Translation:My nephew was watching the animals in the zoo.

April 25, 2013



"animals" in this phrase would have been "degli animali" An indeterminate number. "Gli animali" must be the animals. (What animals? Those in the zoo >> the animals in the zoo.)

April 25, 2013


Why could I not say "My nephew watched...."

November 5, 2016


That use of 'would' is not conditional, it is passive.

As for 'used to...' I also am trying to learn the difference and the best I ca explain is that here 'used to' is not correct because there is nothing in the sentence to suggest that my nephew no longer watches the animals. I'd love to hear more comments on that.

June 16, 2014


I was simply given the Italian sentence, and ask to speak it. Therefore, the translation for guardava could be 'used to watch' or 'was watching'. Without further context, I do not think we can tell.

August 6, 2014


nipote: granddaughter, grandson, nephew and niece. DL did not accept granddaughter, I reported it.

January 9, 2015


Granddaughter is wrong because the possesive "mio" implies that this "nipote" is a male. "Mia nipote" can be either "my niece" or "my granddaughter".

January 10, 2015


you are so right!! Sorry!

January 14, 2015


It's fine! :)

January 14, 2015


I'm confused as to why 'nephew' and 'grandson' are the same word. Is there a way to make a distinction? I became an aunt when I was 11 years old. I want to be sure it's clear this chap is my nephew. ;)

October 28, 2016


You can know only from the context. But usually it's easy!

October 28, 2016


Thanks for the quick reply. How is it easy? Do you mean contextually? Is there not another word?

October 28, 2016


No, in Italian it doesn't exist another word. It's easy to understand from the context.

October 29, 2016


can't I say "animals" and not "the animals"?

April 25, 2013


Yeah you can say "i love animals" but you can't say "i love animals in the zoo". Of course you can say "i love animals", in the zoo :)

July 27, 2013


"The animals" would be more common. Because there are specific animals in a zoo. They are zoo animals and not just animals that happened to wonder into the zoo that day.

If you were looking at animals in a park, then you'd leave out the word "the," because those are just random animals that happen to be in the park.

May 17, 2014


Depends. Were I grew up there are a couple of parks with small animal enclosures for public viewing as well as London Zoo and a farm so the "the" is/was/can be used but depends on location/situation I suppose.

December 15, 2015


Can i say grandkid?

June 2, 2015


How would one say "my nephew used to guard the animals in the zoo"?

June 23, 2016


"Mio nipote sorvegliava gli animali allo zoo".

June 23, 2016



June 23, 2016


"my nephew was looking the animals in the zoo" is this wrong?

February 8, 2017


Yes. In English you can't "look something": you have to look AT something. So he was "looking at the animals...."

February 8, 2017



September 5, 2019


Why am I suddenly being told my pronunciation isn't acceptable? This has happened so many times today. No explanation as to what is wrong so how can i improve? It has hardly ever happened before.

April 16, 2018


Why used to watching is not correct

August 19, 2019


Why was “My nephew was looking AFTER the animals in the zoo“ marked as being wrong?

September 26, 2015


Because that would mean "mio nipote si occupava degli animali nello zoo". That's a completely different meaning.

September 26, 2015


Hi, I have a question regarding this point. I am always confused with this sentence. The nephew was looking after the animals or was he watching the animals like a visitor? Guardare can have both meanings, no?

December 3, 2015


Hi, "guardare" can have the meaning of "to look after", but it is colloquial, the better form is "badare/prendersi cura". Anyway in this case the meaning of "guardare" is definitely "to watch".

December 6, 2015


Is there a difference between watching and looking in Italian?

March 7, 2016


One of the offered answers cannot be correct: "My nephew would watch the animals in the zoo." As that is Condizionale. Also I do not understand why my answer "My nephew used to watch animals in the zoo." wasn't accepted?

March 17, 2014


i don't want

January 6, 2015
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